ERIC Number: ED453015
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Looking to the States for New Rural Policies. The Main Street Economist: Commentary on the Rural Economy.
Drabenstott, Mark; Sheaff, Katharine
In the past, rural America often relied on Washington for policy responses to its challenges, but federal policy has been slow to adapt to the broad changes taking place in so many rural communities. New approaches to rural policy have taken root in some states. Georgia's OneGeorgia Authority will oversee a series of economic development programs aimed at the lagging parts of the state, most of which are rural, using tobacco settlement money. Economic development grants will provide funds for public infrastructure, land acquisition, and site development. Equity grants will help build economic infrastructure, train workers, and promote tourism. Both programs target the poorest performing counties. Minnesota's Big Plan identifies 29 initiatives to ensure healthy, vital communities; help the state's people be self-sufficient; refocus state government on public service; develop the best K-12 education in the nation; and help Minnesota be competitive in global markets. Although not wholly aimed at rural issues, the plan includes many rural initiatives, such as extending Internet access to all communities, enabling Minnesota agriculture to be globally competitive, and educating and training the workforce in rural and urban areas. Illinois' Rural Affairs Council has identified seven priorities for policy development: improving access to technology and public transportation, increasing housing, strengthening economic development programs, bolstering rural health care infrastructure, increasing outlets for agricultural products, and building leadership capacity in local governments. New approaches like these show that many rural places are taking the initiative to seize their own economic opportunities. (TD)
Descriptors: Economic Development, Government Role, Job Training, Labor Force Development, Public Policy, Rural Areas, Rural Development, State Action
For full text: http://www.kc.frb.org/RuralCenter/mainstreet/MSE_0301.pdf .
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, MO. Center for the Study of Rural America.
Identifiers - Location: Georgia; Illinois; Minnesota